The Problem with Dry Air

Adults take approximately 23,000 breaths each day. Are you sure if the quality of the air your family is breathing is decent? As spring arrives, it’s an ideal occasion to review your home’s indoor air quality. We have plenty cool days coming up and colder air retains a decreased amount of moisture. This dry air is not only uncomfortable, but it can affect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Heightens Your Chances of Getting Sick

That you attain a cold because it’s cold outside is an old wives’ tale… but there is something to it. As we noted, cold air is drier and dry air can result in some health problems. The mucous membranes in your nose and sinuses dry out when humidity is decreased, so they are unable to do their function of filtering out germs. This enhances your chances of coming down with sick with the flu, cold or a similar illness.

Dry Air Harms Your Skin

In the Muskogee winter, you could notice your skin is dry and itchy. Shortage of humidity is the culprit. Lotion can be a solution to treat the symptoms, but putting an investment towards a whole-home humidifier could provide a remedy the actual problem.

Damages to Your Home

The lower amounts of moisture in your home’s air can also affect the wood in your home—baseboards, floors, furniture—because the air pulls moisture from these items. You might even end up with cracks in the walls and floors.

Evaluating for Dry Air

While itchy skin and a never-ending cold are indications that your indoor air is lacking moisture, there are additional symptoms to watch for as well:

  • A rise in in static electricity
  • Cracks in your home’s flooring
  • Openings in your home’s trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

All of these concerns suggest that it’s likely time to take a look at your indoor air quality. We’re happy to help! Call our indoor air professionals at Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc.. 

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